Thursday, December 31, 2009

Buses running on Sunday schedule on New Year's

AC Transit passengers excited after last fall's election
In observance of New Year's Day, on Friday, January 1, all AC Transit local and transbay lines will operate on Sunday schedules. All AC Transit business offices will also be closed.

Be sure to visit ACTransit.org to check the Sunday schedules for your routes. Get service updates like this to your inbox by signing up for AC Transit's "eNews."

Have a safe and prosperous New Year!

Photo Credit: Flickr User GreenKozi

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What types of AC Transit notifications are important to you?

AC Transit needs your help improving "e-news." E-news is an email news service that allows us to send information that interests you, including individual bus lines.

We're hosting a poll on our blog to see what is most important to our riders. We plan to take your feedback to improve our service, and your experience.

Visit our blog (survey is on the top-right) and tell us what type of email notifications are important to you. Sign-up for e-news at AC Transit.org.

Photo Credit: Inmagine.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Buses running on Sunday schedule on Christmas

AC Transit Mini Bus with Holiday Decorations at General Offices

AC Transit Christmas Tree at Ticket Office at 1600 Franklin St in Downtown OaklandIn observance of Christmas, on Friday, December 26, all AC Transit local and transbay lines will operate on Sunday schedules.

Be sure to visit ACTransit.org to check the Sunday schedules for your routes.

All AC Transit business offices will also be closed.

To get service updates like this via email, sign up for AC Transit's "eNews."

Photos: Top, AC Transit Mini Bus at AC Transit General Offices; left, Christmas tree at AC Transit Ticket Offices in Downtown Oakland.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Holiday Greeting from AC Transit


AC Transit Interim General Manager Mary King Holiday Greeting
AC Transit Interim General Manager Mary King gives Holiday Greeting on behalf of the AC Transit family.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

MTC seeks policy advisers

Twenty-seven individuals wanted to represent economic and environmental perspectives, communities of color and environmental justice, and concerns of seniors and people with disabilities

If you've been longing for a chance to help form regional transporation policy, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission wants you.


Photo Credit: Urban Habitat

MTC is recruiting for 27 individuals to jump into the transportation arena, learn about the complexities of funding, and help identify the connections between transportation and land use, air quality and climate change. MTC is the Bay Area's transportation planning and financing agency, and there may be a place for you as part of a new Policy Advisory Council slated to begin meeting in April 2010.

"This new Council will give a voice to a range of viewpoints to enhance our decision-making process. I encourage anyone interested in helping us improve Bay Area mobility to apply for a seat."
MTC Chair Scott Haggerty
The mission of the new citizen panel will be to advise MTC on transportation policies in the San Francisco Bay Area, incorporating diverse perspectives relating to the environment, the economy and social equity. Advisors are eligible for a stipend to cover cost of meeting attendance.

Some of the issues that this new panel might be asked to advise on include:
  • Regional planning efforts linking transportation, housing and land use plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • A Bay Area effort to identify public transit service productivity improvements that squeeze more efficiency from the region's existing transit investments, and pursue new revenues to build a system that could better serve all Bay Area residents.
"MTC must make transportation policy and investment decisions that serve all Bay Area residents," said MTC Chair Scott Haggerty. "This new Council will give a voice to a range of viewpoints to enhance our decision-making process. I encourage anyone interested in helping us improve Bay Area mobility to apply for a seat."

A total of nine members will be appointed to represent economic and environmental perspectives, nine members will represent communities of color and issues affecting low income communities or environmental justice, and nine members will represent the interests of seniors or persons with disabilities.
Policy Advisory Council membership will be structured around the economy, the environment and social equity. A total of nine members will be appointed to represent economic and environmental perspectives, nine members will represent communities of color and issues affecting low income communities or environmental justice, and nine members will represent the interests of seniors or persons with disabilities.

To apply for a position, or to learn more about the new Policy Advisory Council, visit MTC.

The application deadline is Monday, February 1, 2010. No specific educational background is needed for most seats, just an interest in transportation and how it affects residents in each of the nine Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma). Experience in working on public policy issues or community-related issues is desirable.

The new Policy Advisory Council, created by the Commission in November 2009, will effectively merge MTC's three separate advisory committees - the MTC Advisory Council, the Elderly and Disabled Advisory Committee, and the Minority Citizens Advisory Committee. These three advisory committees will sunset with the formation of the Policy Advisory Council.
Committee members are expected to attend monthly meetings held on Wednesday afternoons at MTC's offices in Oakland, and to serve a two-year term. While positions are voluntary, committee members do receive a stipend for their attendance at certain meetings.

The new Policy Advisory Council, created by the Commission in November 2009, will effectively merge MTC's three separate advisory committees - the MTC Advisory Council, the Elderly and Disabled Advisory Committee, and the Minority Citizens Advisory Committee. These three advisory committees will sunset with the formation of the Policy Advisory Council.

MTC's governing board of commissioners will review all applications and make final appointments to the advisory committees. For more information or to obtain an application, call (510) 817-5757, go to MTC's Web site or visit the MTC offices at 101 Eighth Street, Oakland, during regular business hours.

MTC is the regional transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

Friday, December 18, 2009

AC Transit Board streamlines service

After months of internal planning and extraordinary public outreach, the AC Transit Board of Directors announced that it will streamline bus services to help the agency offset a projected $57 million deficit next year.

By a unanimous vote, the seven-member panel adopted a plan that whittles the District's daily bus service by 8.4 percent. The new service adjustment plan will take effect in March 2010 and is expected to reduce the agency's spending by approximately $9.6 million a year.

The new service plan was meticulously crafted over a span of more than nine months and involved an unprecedented series of hearings and public forums specifically to elicit comments and suggestions from riders and community residents. In many instances, the public responses were incorporated to help shape what ultimately has become the adopted service plan.

It was an unusual public process that resulted in changes District-wide, from Richmond to Fremont. But while routes virtually everywhere will be overhauled, consolidated and, in some cases, minimized, no community will be without vital bus services.

However, because the route restructuring could result in longer waits for service, the Board also voted to extend the District's bus transfer policy—from 90 minutes to 120 minutes-- to allow passengers additional time to make their bus connections.

Along with the service adjustments, the District has had personnel lay-offs, imposed a hiring freeze, improved operating and departmental efficiencies by 15 percent, and raise fares to cope with the forecasted shortfall.

Maps and other details about the service adjustments will be available on ACTransit.org in January 2010.

Sights and Sounds of AC Transit (12/18/2009)

AC Transit loves to hear our riders' tales, or AC Transit Diaries (and you have some interesting experiences and fascinating observations.)

We will update our blog with the Sights and Sounds of AC Transit each week, compiled using Twitter. Twitter is a social networking site that lets users tell their friends what they’re doing using short messages called “tweets.”

If you want to share your observations with us, tag your Tweets with the hashtag #actransit or you can email your photos to Ride AC Transit.




Friday, December 18, 2009
I'm on the bus heading to work, & my favorite bus driver is taking me there. He pronounces all the stops with a firm and loving tone. <3
http://twitter.com/starphotography/statuses/6804825227

Thursday, December 17, 2009
More people would use public transit if the buses could ram and push slow cars out of the way.
http://twitter.com/EntropyWorks/statuses/6782282969

I appreciate this "baby-faced black-clad cute person with a septum piercing" upgrade to my morning bus ride. Go, AC Transit!
http://twitter.com/arletterocks/statuses/6769537698

Running for the bus #isplayedout . Especially if you miss it
http://twitter.com/simplyshanae/statuses/6724150290

somehow, hearing the ac transit rumble by outside is soothing at times...that and the lonely train whistle and BART whirr...
http://twitter.com/matthewcj/statuses/6756139992

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Two people have to stand on the bus tonight. At least this selfish woman's bags have a seat! http://yfrog.com/4giuoj
http://twitter.com/johnholland/statuses/6715726707

Monday, December 14, 2009
so I'm gettin on the bus right & this dude is like chocolate chocolate then I turn around he says I LOVE YOU! What how do you love someone
http://twitter.com/23_DAMNSEXY/statuses/6705049506

and im home. thank you for putting up with my tweets today. its the only way i stay sane on that bus.
http://twitter.com/hermajesty05/statuses/6650043137

I feel like I'm in a movie montage. On a bus looking out the window, grey skies, awesome Sounds song playing in my ears.
http://twitter.com/hermajesty05/statuses/6642179759

Aw my bus driver is nice. Yess. They make everything so much better.
http://twitter.com/hermajesty05/statuses/6637165701

Taking AC Transit to work today instead of BART, we'll see if this is worth saving at least $2 a day
http://twitter.com/guapomole/statuses/6663891160

Sunday, December 13, 2009
wish I was flying to ny thousands of feet about the air tweeting.instead I'm carrying a bunch of xmas stuff* home on AC transit
http://twitter.com/kreacjny/statuses/6614004031

Saturday, December 12, 2009
whyy someone gave my cuzzn a note on the bus, tryna spit game on the bus though.
http://twitter.com/IambelleXIX/statuses/6619768309

Waiting for the bus. First time in Oakland. Ever. Bored
http://twitter.com/jknight/statuses/6610446641

Friday, December 11, 2009
I'm closer to 40 than I was last year and I still pass for 17 on the bus and only pay $1. *shrugs*
http://twitter.com/majeeda/statuses/6589759198

Literally stopped in traffic. Phone picking up wifi from bus next to me.
http://twitter.com/jknight/statuses/6584632859

Don't forget to read Last week’s Sights and Sounds of AC Transit.

Above photo, AC Transit Director Chris Peeples in the AC Transit Mini-Bus at 2008 Children's Holiday Parade in Oakland, by Flickr user VSmoothe.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Our friends at Santa Rosa City Bus blog pointed out that U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood was on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart Tuesday.

You may recall a few months ago AC Transit being awarded stimulus funding for solar power expansion. LaHood said, "AC Transit is showing how investing in green transportation not only helps the planet and strengthens our economy, but also creates jobs here in the Bay Area."

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Ray LaHood
http://www.thedailyshow.com/
Daily Show
Full Episodes
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on the Daily Show

AC Transit is a bus only agency, but we have rail in our roots and know that investment in transportation is good for our community.

If you are interested in transit, LaHood’s blog, "Fastlane", is a great resource. You can also follow Ray Lahood on Twitter.

AC Transit celebrates Commuter Appreciation Day in Oakland with KMEL

AC Transit and KMEL hosted Commuter Appreciation Day Thursday, December 10 in downtown Oakland. The first 200 commuters received a Translink card with $5 value. For more information about Translink, visit www.actransit.org
Photo Credit: Flickr User ACTransit.org by KMEL.com

AC Transit celebrated Commuter Appreciation Day Thursday, December 10. Together Translink and radio station KMEL and Clear Channel, AC Transit staff handed out 200 Translink cards loaded with $5 each.
If you weren't able to get a free Translink card last week, you can also get a card:
  • Online at translink.org
  • At any Walgreen's or at other Translink retailers where you can use case, credit or vouchers
  • At AC Transit's Ticket Office at 1600 Franklin Street in Oakland
Youth Translink cards, for riders ages 6-18, will be available next spring.



Commuter Appreciation Day Photos on AC Transit's Flickr Page

Visit Translink.org for more information.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

AC Transit Holiday Bus still rolling

Photo Credit: AC Transit

This week, the AC Transit Holiday bus is rolling through your neighborhood. From December 17-22, the Holiday Bus will be riding throughout East Oakland. it will move to Hayward on December 23-24.

Follow AC Transit on Twitter for daily updates on the whereabouts of the AC Transit Holiday Bus.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Board to vote on revised Service Adjustments Plan


Map of current AC Transit service, by ModestMaps.com.

The AC Transit Board of Directors is scheduled to considered adopting the 2009 Revised Service Adjustments Plan (RevSAP) December 16.

Originally, 15 percent service cuts were presented to the AC Transit Board in June. In September, AC Transit hosted a series Community Workshops on the proposed Service Adjustments Plan (SAP). Over 5,000 comments on AC Transit were received from the public.

Later that month, the Board considered a proposal by the General Manager to shift Congestion Management and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds to operations, effectively restoring seven percent of the service and save AC Transit jobs. The Board Board voted to affirm the CMAQ shift in late October, as well as an update the RevSAP process, including one additional and final public workshop.

The Board's adoption of the RevSAP is contingent on the receipt of CMAQ funding, and the completion of a Title VI analysis. Any service changes adopted are scheduled to be implemented March 2010.

Monday, December 14, 2009

City of Alameda employees ride AC Transit free


Retro Alameda, CA postcard courtesy of Jalopnik.com.

Earlier this year, AC Transit teamed up with the City of Alameda to make transportation easier for City employees.

Initially, the program was only available to full-time employees. Now, part-time employees are also included. The AC Transit EasyPass for the City of Alameda offers qualified employees an unlimited Translink bus pass that goes everywhere AC Transit serves – anytime, for free.

Get your EasyPass
  • Wednesday, Dec. 16
    10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    City Hall
    2263 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda

  • Thursday, Dec. 17
    10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Alameda Municipal Power
    2000 Grand St., Alameda
Join us for photo registration on the bus Wednesday December 16 and Thursday, December 17. City of Alameda employees who already have an EasyPass can pick up a customized destination map for useful destinations for shopping, dining, leisure activities and more around Alameda.

Registration for EasyPass will take place at Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave, December 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at Alameda Municipal Power, 2000 Grand Street Thursday, December 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments will be available on the bus.

AC Transit uses Translink

By the way, every employee who signs up for an EasyPass gets a free City of Alameda Eco Bag.

For more information email Public Works or call (510) 749-5840.

Want an EasyPass with your employer, college or residential neighborhood? Learn more about the AC Transit EasyPass at ACTransit.org.

Mills College students on board with EasyPass

This fall, Mills College began offering AC Transit EasyPasses to undergraduate students. Full-time students are eligible to receive a semester long unlimited rides bus pass good on any AC Transit bus line.



The program has provided students with more travel options and opened up a whole new world of exploration.

"I used it to go home and get to school – to get to the city. I thought it was great to have a free way to get to the city."
Hannah Forsberg
Earlier this semester, The Campanil, the Mills College student newspaper, asked students, "Have you used your AC Transit pass?" The results are encouraging.

"I really like it," said Mills College senior Hannah Forsberg. "I used it to go home and get to school – to get to the city. I thought it was great to have a free way to get to the city."

"It was very convenient considering I didn’t have to take out money – since I already paid for it."
Amelia Vigil
When asked, Senior Amelia Vigil told the Campanil "I just got my AC transit pass today! Like literally five minutes ago. I haven’t had a chance to use it yet but I’m really excited to."

"Yes I have used it," responded sophomore Catheran Norman. "It was very convenient considering I didn’t have to take out money – since I already paid for it.

"And it fits nicely in my wallet," she added. "Overall, it was a good experience."

EasyPass was approved by Mills College last spring, following months of advocacy by students.

Mills College is one of three college programs offering the AC Transit EasyPass to students. The Class Pass, with UC Berkeley, began in 1999 and the EasyPass for the Peralta Colleges began fall 2008. Visit ACTransit.org for more information about EasyPass. You can always stay up-to-date with Mills College happenings with TheCampanil.com.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Sights and Sounds of AC Transit (12/11/2009)

This week on AC Transit: TMI, bus jokes, Robocop, baldies and warm buses.

AC Transit loves to hear our riders' tales, or AC Diaries (and you have some interesting experiences and fascinating observations.)

We will update our blog with the Sights and Sounds of AC Transit each week, compiled using Twitter. Twitter is a social networking site that lets users tell their friends what they’re doing using short messages called “tweets.”

If you want to share your observations with us, tag your Tweets with the hashtag #actransit or you can email your photos to Ride AC Transit.


Friday, December 11, 2009
Rider talking on cellphone on #actransit bus, loudly discussing medications for his erectile disfunction. Other riders just staring ahead.
http://twitter.com/stgeller4/statuses/6579946954

On the bus and overheard a joke-"Ever hear about the man who was illiterate in three languages?"
http://twitter.com/vivlahrs/statuses/6575274292

Thursday, December 10, 2009
#igrewupon takin the bus and the back of the bus used to be the interestin part of the day b4 school
http://twitter.com/jojo2much4u/statuses/6558997727

#igrewupon catchin the 40l 82l 57 an the 52 buses:)
http://twitter.com/waynebtv/statuses/6554526903

I feel like falcon punching the person who farted as they walked past me on this bus
http://twitter.com/ifeellike/statuses/6553216429

#igrewup getting on the bus going to Luckys for my granny
http://twitter.com/TheGoonette/statuses/6552358752

#igrewupon the 56 bus line!!!
http://twitter.com/TheRell510/statuses/6550923335

Cutie at the same bus stop :] http://twitpic.com/szpg0
http://twitter.com/jaymiengov/statuses/6550309528

Shocked that my WalkScore is only 85, I walk everywhere! The farthest thing is "transit" - only lists BART. Does it not count AC Transit?
http://twitter.com/shannontracey/statuses/6548077628

Well I had a delightful ride home on the transbay bus. I may break up with you Bart, for my commute!
http://twitter.com/luckylettuce/statuses/6524058334

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Need a challenge? Play Labyrinth on a lurchy public transit bus.
http://twitter.com/raminf/statuses/6515906313

Dear Diary, field trip 2 Chabot Space Center w/son, 39 degrees, on the bus. NO COMPLAINTS I'm one of 2 Black Men here, got rep 4 the Dads.
http://twitter.com/MisterDrake/statuses/6502232677

yahtzee! just found the seat on the bus directly by the heat vent!
http://twitter.com/chawagner/statuses/6497842814

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I never been so happy to see a bus in my life
http://twitter.com/SWEETtriniSOUL/statuses/6487205111

New aged art on ac transit http://twitpic.com/sr7jm
http://twitter.com/Cherilynna/statuses/6486950935

Defrosting on the bus...
http://twitter.com/beckyclai/statuses/6484495981

Wa sup to y folks @krysis7 we ducked wit that 94 bus daily back then
http://twitter.com/ReggieBoi/statuses/6480660017

Two baldies on the bus, it must be Tuesday. http://yfrog.com/4ipl7nj
http://twitter.com/starphotography/statuses/6474699248

ah heated bus I love you...
http://twitter.com/SaschaIllyvich/statuses/6474151864

Monday, December 7, 2009
oh man this #51 is nice and toasty #thankyou @rideACT
http://twitter.com/xkawai/statuses/6449046456

Whaaat!!!!! AC Transit busses got heaters????
http://twitter.com/KeliKel/statuses/6439097658

Saw a guy biking with what looked like a baby xmas tree strapped to his back while waiting for the bus. Ah berkeley!
http://twitter.com/natalietsang/statuses/6449648810

Somebody on tha bus smell like tuna fish
http://twitter.com/shuaniqua/statuses/6435852100

Taking the bus this late has its benefits - only 3 other riders. Feels like having a personal coach! Ooh, free & clear to the bus lane!
http://twitter.com/Neuroptik78/statuses/6435085680

30 degrees outside, a bazillion on the bus http://myloc.me/1WMuD
http://twitter.com/jasonmeltzer/statuses/6434527560

Sunday, December 6, 2009
Srsly, where the f is the bus?!
http://twitter.com/Whitney86/statuses/6420924900

Is sitting next to @joshuacstephens on the bus wishing this Internet would stream faster...
http://twitter.com/xseasickx/statuses/6409529825

Saturday, December 5, 2009
Upside to waiting for a bus "early" in the morning: Serenity & calm set to music. One of the best ways to start a day. ^-^
http://twitter.com/Axusus/statuses/6374436978

Friday, December 4, 2009
Waiting for the F bus. http://yfrog.com/3n6qxj
http://twitter.com/terencegoh/statuses/6358198353

on a bus that looks like Robocop
http://twitter.com/Nastysounds/statuses/6357775218

incredible. I'm online on the Bay Bridge because I'm on a bus that's in WiFi range of a AC Transit WiFi coach that has a 3G connection.
http://twitter.com/andrewhao/statuses/6355071066

Waiting for my first ever 72 ürapidü bus how exciting?
http://twitter.com/armchairshrink/statuses/6354315344

Don't forget to read Last week’s Sights and Sounds of AC Transit.

Above photo, AC Transit Director Chris Peeples in the AC Transit Mini-Bus at 2008 Children's Holiday Parade in Oakland, by Flickr user VSmoothe.

Exchange Old Paper Tickets by December 31

AC Transit increased its fares in July, allowing passengers use old tickets through September.



If you still have old-fare tickets, the deadline to exchange them for new paper tickets, or for value on a TransLink card is Thursday, December 31. This applies to all prepaid tickets except Local Youth 31-Day tickets (because the price of those tickets did not change.)

You can exchange your old tickets -- local or transbay – in December for new, local tickets at the current fare.

If you're a local rider, you can choose to receive a TransLink card with the value of your old tickets on it, instead of receiving new paper tickets. Transbay paper tickets have been discontinued.



If you're a Transbay rider you will receive a TransLink card with the equivalent value added to it.

If you were using 10-Ride paper Transbaytickets and have switched to TransLink, remember that you can simply add cash ("e-cash") to your TransLink card in any amount. The card automatically deducts the correct fare each time you use it.

If you were using 31-Day paper transbay tickets, you're probably already adding a 31-Day pass to your TransLink card. And, you can have both e-cash and a pass on your card simultaneously.


Photo Credit: Flickr user Size8Jeans

There are two ways to exchange tickets:
  • In person at AC Transit's downtown Oakland office (1600 Franklin St., 510-891-4775) or,
  • By mailing them in with a downloadable exchange form by December 31.
Learn more about Translink.

So, unless you're saving your tickets for the memories, bring those tickets in.

MTC to vote on AC Transit proposal to reallocate federal funding to prevent service cuts



Photo Credit: SFStreetsblog
ATU Local 192 representative Anthony Rodgers, a 20 year AC Transit driver, speaks at a "Funeral for Public Transportation" in June.


If you go:

What: MTC Commission vote on AC Transit proposal to reallocate funding
When: Wednesday, December 16, 1:40 p.m.
Where: MTC Headquarters, 101 Eighth Street, Oakland, CA
Get there: AC Transit lines 11, 59, 62 or 88, or BART to Lake Merritt
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s (MTC) Programming and Allocations Committee has recommended that the Commission approve AC Transit’s proposal to reallocate $35 million in federal funding earmarked for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project for service in Oakland, Berkeley and San Leandro to the general operating fund.

The funding shift will allow AC Transit to minimize the proposed service cutbacks, initially set around 15 percent, to just an 8.4 percent reduction, preserving vital bus service and saving about 100 AC Transit jobs. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will still have to approve the reallocation of funds.

The MTC Commissioners will meet next on December 16, 2009 to take final action on the proposed diversion of funds. MTC is located at 101 Eighth Street in the Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter, across the street from Lake Merritt BART. MTC is immediately accessible by AC Transit bus lines 11, 59, 62 and 88.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Oakland officials host Joint Holiday Party

A number of Oakland elected officials will host the annual Joint Holiday Party tonight, December 9 in downtown Oakland.

Holiday Party

Join Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Senator Loni Hancock, Assembly Member Sandré Swanson, Assembly member Nancy Skinner, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, Mayor Ron Dellums, AC Transit Director Joel Young and Peralta Community College Trustee Abel Guillen.

There will be some refreshments. Please bring a donation for the Socially Responsible Network, which is holding a food and non-violent toy drive.

The event takes place at the Uptown Body & Fender from 5-8 PM at 401 26th St in Oakland. The event is accessible via many AC Transit bus lines.

Commuter Appreciation Day in Downtown Oakland

AC Transit is always looking for ways to thank our riders.

AC Transit and KMEL will team up to celebrate Commuter Appreciation Day December 10, 2009 in Oakland

106 KMEL and AC Transit will celebrate Commuter Appreciation Day on Thursday morning, December 10 in downtown Oakland.

The first 200 people to show up to the booth will receive a free Translink card with $5. We'll also be giving out freebies, Translink pens and T-shirts. It's our way of thanking you for riding AC Transit.

Visit the KMEL booth at 14th and Broadway in downtown Oakland from 7:30-9 AM.

The event is accessible by any downtown Oakland AC Transit busline.

Photo of AC Transit rider Candace Frisby courtesy ACTforMe.org

Monday, December 7, 2009

Help plan 2010 agenda for Transbay Taskforce

The AC Transit Transbay Taskforce will hold its final meeting of the year on December 8. Here's your opportunity to help plan our 2010 agenda.

The November Taskforce meeting kept up the historical tone of the October Transbay Taskforce meeting, special guest Will Spargur with the Transbay Joint Powers Authority gave a well received presentation on the history of AC Transit's predecessor, the Key System. The discussion on its heydey and its demise, was followed by a Transbay Terminal Move Update.

Help plan the 2010 agenda for the Transbay Taskforce on Tuesday, December 8 from Noon to 1:00 p.m. in San Francisco.

2009 Meeting Dates

June 9

July 14
Cancelled

August 11

September 8

October 13

November 10

December 8


The AC Transit Transbay Taskforce meets on the second Tuesday of every month in downtown San Francisco at 245 Market Street (at Beale)* from Noon to 1:00pm. All Transbay riders are invited to attend.

It's your opportunity to hear firsthand what's in the works at AC Transit and to offer your perspective and suggestions about improving Transbay service.

Mark your calendars and watch for announcements at your bus stop in the Transbay Terminal. Better yet, sign up for AC Transit e-News and get notified by e-mail.

*245 Market St. is the PG&E building, and most meetings are held in the Conference Center in Room 1417. Occasionally, the room is changed, so watch for the meeting-specific announcement by following AC Transit on Twitter.

Berkeley Planning Commission seeks input on Bus Rapid Transit Proposal


Image Credit: ACTransit.org

As part of the ongoing public input process, Berkeley residents have an opportunity to give their input on the proposed East Bay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.

The Berkeley Planning Commission will host a workshop and public comment session at its December 9 meeting. Learn about BRT and the draft Locally Preferred Alternative proposed by city staff.

The BRT information session will be held 6-7 PM before the meeting, followed by Public comment when the commission meeting begins at 7 PM. The meeting will be held at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue.

Image Credit: City of Berkeley

Visit the City of Berkeley website to view Agendas and staff reports for the meeting.

If you have specific questions about the City’s process for evaluating BRT or if you would like to submit a comment about the project, e-mail brt@cityofberkeley.info

Friday, December 4, 2009

Bus detours during Holiday Children's Parade

During the Oakland Children's Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 5, all bus lines in downtown Oakland will have detours between 5:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

  • Line 1 to Berkeley will serve regular stops on 12th St. at Webster St. and on Telegraph Ave. at 24th St., but not regular stops between those points. Look for buses on the detour route on Franklin St. and Grand Ave.
  • Line 1 to Bay Fair BART will serve regular stops on Telegraph Ave. at Grand Ave. and on 11th St. at Harrison St., but not regular stops between those points. Look for buses on the detour route on Grand Ave. and Harrison St.
  • Line 1R will serve regular stops on 12th St. and Oak St. (to Downtown Oakland) and 11th St. at Madison St. (to Bay Fair BART), and also a temporary stop on 11th St. at Jefferson St., but not regular stops on 11th and 12th streets at Broadway and Harrison St. Look for buses to Bay Fair BART on the 1R detour route on 7th St. between Jefferson and Jackson streets.
  • Line 11 to Piedmont will serve regular stops on 8th St. at Harrison St. and Harrison St. at Grand Ave., but not regular stops between those points. Look for buses on the detour route on Franklin St. and Grand Ave.
  • Line 11 to the Dimond District will serve regular stops on Harrison St. at Grand Ave. and 7th St. at Harrison St., but not regular stops between those points. Look for buses on the detour route on Webster St.
  • Line 12 will serve regular stops on Grand Ave. and Webster St. and on Martin Luther King Jr. Way at 10th St., but not regular stops between those points. Look for buses on the detour route on Grand Ave. and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
  • Line 13 will serve regular stops on 14th St. at Martin Luther King Jr. Way, but not stops east of that point.
  • Line 14 to Fruitvale BART will serve regular stops on 14th St. at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and on 11th St. at Franklin St., but not regular stops between those points. Look for buses on the detour route on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, 7th St., and Franklin St.
  • Line 14 to MacArthur BART will serve regular stops on 12th St. at Oak St. and 14th St. at Martin Luther King Jr. Way, but not regular stops between those points. Look for buses on the detour route on Madison St., 6th St., or Jefferson St.
  • Line 15 to downtown Oakland will serve regular stops on San Pablo Ave. at Castro St. (Greyhound station) and 11th St. at Jefferson St, but not regular stops between those points. Look for buses on the detour route on Martin Luther King Jr. Way between San Pablo Ave. and 14th St.
  • Line 15 to Berkeley will serve regular stops 11th St. at Jefferson St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Way at 22nd St., but not regular stops between those points. Look for buses on the detour route on Martin Luther King Jr. Way between San Pablo Ave. and 14th St.
  • Line 18 to Albany will serve regular stops on 12th St. at Webster St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Way at Grand Ave., but not regular stops between those points. Look for buses on the detour route on Franklin St. and Grand Ave.
  • Line 18 to Montclair will serve regular stops on Martin Luther King Jr. Way at 25th St. and on 11th St. at Harrison St., but not regular stops between those points. Look for buses on the detour route on Grand Ave. and Webster St.
  • Line 19 to Fruitvale BART will serve regular stops on 11th St. at Brush St. and on 7th St. at Franklin St., but not stops between those points. Look for buses on the detour route on Jefferson St. and 7th St.
  • Line 19 to North Berkeley BART will serve regular stops on 12th St. at Martin Luther King Jr. Way but no other regular stops between the Posey Tube and this point. Look for buses at 7th St. at Alice St. (the Line O and W stop) or on Jefferson St. between 6th and 12th streets.
  • Line 40 to downtown Oakland will serve regular stops on 12th St. at Oak St. and on 11th St. at Jefferson St., but not regular stops between those points. Look for buses on the detour route on Jackson St., 6th St., and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
  • Line 40 to Eastmont Transit Center will serve regular stops on 11th St. at Jefferson St. and on 11th St. at Harrison St, but not regular stops between those points. Look for buses on the detour route on Jefferson St., 7th St., or Harrison St.
  • Line 51 to Berkeley will serve regular stops on Harrison St. at 8th St. and Broadway at Grand Ave., but not regular stops between those points. Look for buses on the detour route on Franklin St.
  • Line 51 to Alameda will serve its regular stop on Broadway at 24th St., but no other regular stops before the Webster Tube. Look for buses on the detour route on Grand Ave. and Webster St.
  • Lines 59 and 59A to Lake Merritt BART will serve regular stops on Broadway at 24th St. and on Jackson St. at 17th St., but not regular stops between those points. Look for buses on the detour route on Grand Ave., Webster St., and 17th St.
  • Lines 59 and 59A to Rockridge BART will serve regular stops on Jackson St. at 17th St. and Broadway at Grand Ave., but not regular stops between those points. Look for buses on the detour route on Harrison St. and Grand Ave.
  • Lines 72 and 72M to Jack London Square will serve regular stops on San Pablo Ave. at Castro St. (Greyhound station) and on Broadway at 5th St., but not regular stops between those points. Look for buses on the detour route on Martin Luther King Jr. Way and 5th St.
  • Lines 72 and 72M to Richmond will serve regular stops on Broadway at 4th St. and San Pablo Ave. at Grand Ave., but not regular stops between those points. Look for buses on the detour route on Martin Luther King Jr. Way and 6th St.
  • Line 88 to Lake Merritt BART will serve regular stops on 11th St. at Brush St. and at Lake Merritt BART, but not regular stops between those points. Look for buses on the detour route on Martin Luther King Jr. Way and 7th St.
  • Line 88 to North Berkeley BART will serve regular stops on 12th St. at Oak St. and 12th St. at Martin Luther King Jr. Way, but not regular stops between those points. Look for buses on the detour route on Madison St., 6th St., and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
  • Line NL will serve regular stops on Grand Ave. at Market St. and Grand Ave. at Perkins St., but not regular stops between those points. The buses will continue straight on Grand Ave. during the detour. Look for buses at stops along Grand Ave. during the detour period.

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Sights and Sounds of AC Transit (12/4/2009)

This week on AC Transit: Combat karaoke, "I love New York," public transit "bubbles" and luxurious bus rides.

AC Transit loves to hear our riders' tales, or AC Diaries (and you have some interesting experiences and fascinating observations.)

We will update our blog with the Sights and Sounds of AC Transit each week, compiled using Twitter. Twitter is a social networking site that lets users tell their friends what they’re doing using short messages called “tweets.”

If you want to share your observations with us, tag your Tweets with the hashtag #actransit or you can email your photos to Ride AC Transit.



Friday, December 4, 2009
had decided to combat all of the aspiring rappers on #muni & #actransit with equally non-consentual old white man kareoke.
http://twitter.com/sfgabe/statuses/6293357504

Another suspenseful bus ride
http://twitter.com/zeej/statuses/6344087983

likes the NL transbay bus. One block away, runs freq & on time - got a seat (single!) w/no problem even though I'm almost the last stop
http://twitter.com/Neuroptik78/statuses/6341066283

Taking @actransit Transbay bus into work for 1st time in months Bus more comfortable than @sfbart but walk to job longer
http://twitter.com/susankrlib/statuses/6339129080

Thursday, December 3, 2009
Just came back from the CCC Star Party ;D...had a great talk with the bus driver of Ac Transit !I trust people who are older than me ;D.
http://twitter.com/ChrisAstro/statuses/6327470354

Surprise yarn and a free bus ride on the way to meet my sweetie mean my day is finally looking up.
http://twitter.com/ljellis/statuses/6323323326

Lol i told the bus driver i have practice and i think thats why he goin hella fast cuz im almost @ skoo already!!!
http://twitter.com/Jalia22/statuses/6320891542

there was a woman on my bus this morning with a 4 foot dreamcatcher. oh, berkeley...
http://twitter.com/jessielogan/statuses/6309090756

Lady next to me on bus smells like egg rolls. Unpleasant smell when it belongs to a person.
http://twitter.com/brentium/statuses/6294905091

Wednesday, December 2, 2009
riding the 1R and ladytron mp3s #storyofmylife
http://twitter.com/sgnfr/statuses/6277566417

Cal students big time bus riders on 51 from Oakland to Campus. Glad #actransit will have more frequent service on the new 4 line.
http://twitter.com/stgeller4/statuses/6274216832

well that works too. there's wifi on the AC Transit TransBay buses, but it only works near front of bus. moving wifi seems iffy
http://twitter.com/Ivoryblossum/statuses/6276511073

Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I see you Mr Bus Driver, smashin on 880 to get it there wooot!
http://twitter.com/D2thamuhfukknEZ/statuses/6263388501

Well at least I got some exercise tonight, running up Broadway to catch the bus! :P
http://twitter.com/idontlikewords/statuses/6258062087

i'm gonna start pretending i have an imaginary friend so people don't sit next to me on buses.
http://twitter.com/shortnsnappy/statuses/6243261077

Monday, November 30, 2009
is happy that she takes #actransit daily. And not Muni daily.
http://twitter.com/randiervin/statuses/6228087974

Just used my translink card for the first time. On AC Transit route 7.
http://twitter.com/davidciani/statuses/6151690598

Older gentleman boards #Oakland bus. Black fedora, red satin band. This city has classy hats.
http://twitter.com/agahran/statuses/6209212911

Sunday, November 29, 2009
It seems that most people are in a bubble on public transit. Me too. Sometimes I just want to pop those bubbles. But that`ll also pop mine.
http://twitter.com/bluepig83/statuses/6194958038

Saturday, November 28, 2009
I'm intrigued by the people who are blissfully unaware that E'RRRBODY on the bus can hear their conversation #actransit
http://twitter.com/HoTacha/statuses/6157953715

I swear people be doing some hella dumb stuff to *beat* the bus. Is getting into a parking space 17 seconds sooner really that important?
http://twitter.com/HoTacha/statuses/6155063431

This bus driver looks and sounds just like New York. Maybe it is her.
http://twitter.com/njerieaton/statuses/6153429753

We ran to the bus stop because we thought we missed it, but then we saw that it was behind us :P
http://twitter.com/phail317/statuses/6150661219

Friday, November 27, 2009
Sometimes I ride the 18 just for the luxurious experience: cordial drivers, clean seats, smooth ride & a scenic walk home #actransit
http://twitter.com/HoTacha/statuses/6132462175

I feel very vampiric right now, having rushed from the bus stop to get home before sunrise. I made it.
http://twitter.com/abostick59/statuses/6142949167

Don't forget to read Last week’s Sights and Sounds of AC Transit.

Above photo, AC Transit Director Chris Peeples in the AC Transit Mini-Bus at 2008 Children's Holiday Parade in Oakland, by Flickr user VSmoothe.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Pedestrian Safety Training in Oakland

Stormtrooper walking from Oakland Airport to AC Transit bus stop
Photo Credit: Hobolimo.com

Concerned about pedestrian safety in your community? Feel that cars don’t yield to pedestrians often enough? Want better sidewalks, crosswalks, and safer places to walk?

Two Trainings to Choose From:
  • Thursday, December 3
    6 pm - 9 pm
    Brookfield Auditorium
    401 Jones Avenue (Coliseum Room), Oakland
  • Saturday, December 5
    9 am - 12:30 pm
    OPD Eastmont Substation
    2651 73rd Avenue, Oakland
Attend a free training on pedestrian safety in Oakland December 3 or December 5. The Community Pedestrian Safety Training is for local neighborhood citizens and safety advocates concerned about pedestrian safety to identify strategies for improving it. The training will help to make it safer and more pleasant to walk in one’s communities.

The training includes:
  • Expert presenters
  • Interactive training sessions
  • Small group discussion
  • Walkability Assessment
Each training is tailored to a particular community and is especially geared toward community members and pedestrian safety advocates.

Decorative diagonal crosswalks in Oakland's Chinatown, 63 busPhoto Credit: AC Transit/Flickr user Ride ACT

The first training takes place Thursday, December 3 from 6-9 p.m. at the Brookfield Auditorium, 401 Jones Avenue in the Coliseum Room. The second training takes place Saturday, December 5 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Oakland Police Department's Eastmont Substation, 2651 73rd Avenue (at MacArthur).

For more information, contact Neighborhood Services Coordinator Patricia Rose or visit Community Pedestrian Safety Training website, or the event's organizers: and SafeTREC, the Safe Transportation Research and Education Center.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Children's Holiday Parade in Oakland

Ride AC Transit to the Children's Holiday Parade in Oakland Saturday, December 5.



Children's Holiday Parade
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2009
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Broadway and 11th Street to 20th Street, to Harrison Street
More: Info
The children’s characters will appear as giant helium balloons, live characters waving from cars, or dancing and singing on colorful floats parade through Downtown Oakland.

AC Transit staff will partipate in the parade, walking alongside the AC Transit 1/4 bus and Holiday Bus will be in the parade. A number of buses will be detoured (which will be covered in a future blog post).

This parade -- organized by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce -- is one of the premier children’s parades in the country. The parade is televised throughout North America on PBS stations and in the San Francisco Bay Area on KTVU-FOX 2, KICU – Action 36, KQED-PBS, KTEH-PBS, KCSM-PBS, Comcast Cable and Peralta TV.

AC Transit 1/4 Bus at Children's Holiday Parade in Oakland
Photo Credit: Flickr user VSmoothe

AC Transit Director Chris Peeples rides in the AC Transit 1/4 Mini Bus during 2008 Children's Holiday Parade.